Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Wabasha, and Winona County, Minnesota Section 8 Voucher Waiting List opened on August 7, 2023 and will close on February 14, 2024.

Lorena Bentley

Analysis by Lorena Bentley

Last Updated: January, 24th 2024

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This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental housing assistance in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Wabasha, and Winona County, Minnesota.

The Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) is accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications on August 7, 2023, until further notice.

To apply while the waitlist is open, complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SEMMCHRA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SEMMCHRA notice on August 7, 2023.

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Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Wabasha, and Winona County, Minnesota Section 8 Voucher Application Methods

The application may be completed online at https://semmchra.securecafe.com/residentservices/semmchra/userlogin.aspx.

Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Wabasha, and Winona County, Minnesota Section 8 Voucher Applicant Preferences

Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Wabasha, and Winona County, Minnesota has preferences for: Preferences Unconfirmed. Preferences are not required but Section 8 Voucher applicants that meet these criteria will be moved up the waiting list.

Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Wabasha, and Winona County, Minnesota Section 8 Voucher Waiting List is managed by Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority provides affordable housing for up to 497 low- and moderate-income households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and public housing programs.

This housing agency serves Dodge County, Fillmore County, Goodhue County, Houston County, Wabasha County, Winona County, Minnesota. Service does not extend to Red Wing and Service does not extend to Winona, Minnesota.

What should I do after applying to the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

After applying, it's a good practice to keep a record of any application that you submit. This will help you keep track of your application, and is especially useful if you apply to multiple waiting lists. You can do this easily with a document on your computer or mobile device, and also with a notebook or piece of paper.

Make sure to write down your application or confirmation number with the application details. This number will be important to reference in the future. Once you have this information written, keep it stored in a place that's easy to access when you need it.

With this information safely stored, all you have left to do is wait to find out if you've been selected for the waiting list.

When will I know if I've been selected for the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Depending on the area, it may take weeks or even months to know if you've been selected for the waiting list. Your wait for an announcement is usually the longest in areas with large populations and a high demand for housing assistance.

Check if the public notice states when the housing authority plans to announce the results, or how long it may take to review applications. Contact the housing authority if this information isn't available.

How do I know if I've been added to the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

Once all applications are reviewed, the housing authority will either contact everyone who has been placed on the waiting list, or message everyone who applied to check their results.

The housing authority will use the contact information you give in the application to reach you (usually by mail, email, or phone). For this reason, it is very important to put valid contact information on your application. Make sure you keep your contact information up to date, and that you respond quickly if any further action is required.

If you don't get contacted by the housing authority, it might mean that you were not chosen for the waiting list. Sometimes, housing authorities do not contact applicants who were not placed on the waiting list. Check with the housing authority for confirmation.

How can I check my status on the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To check your status on the waiting list, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or visit the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to check your status.

Some housing authorities will give your spot on the waiting list, but others might only confirm that you're still on the waiting list. Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when checking your status.

How long will it take to get to the top of the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

The wait to reach the top of this waiting list will be different for everyone.

It has not been confirmed if this waiting list has preferences. If there is at least one preference, those who qualify will have a shorter wait than those who don't. But if there are no preferences, applicants are placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received by the housing authority. So, applying soon after the waiting list opens will give you a shorter wait than those who wait to apply after you.

If you are closer to the top of the waiting list, your wait may be just weeks or months long. But if you're closer to the end of the waiting list, it could take years to reach the top.

How do I update my application for the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list?

To update your waiting list application, you usually have to log into an online portal, call a phone number, or submit a form to the office. Each housing authority has different ways for you to update your application.

Make sure that you have your application or confirmation number with you when updating your application.

When can I apply for a Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list that is open now?

You have a limited time to apply for a waiting list that is open now, before it closes on the date announced by the housing authority. The housing authority is accepting applications until the waiting list closes.

For the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list, how do I apply online?

To apply online, an electronic form must be submitted to the housing authority on the internet. Many online applications require an account to be created to log in, and also a valid email address.

How is a Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Voucher waiting list sorted by date and time?

A waiting list sorted by date and time orders applicants who are selected for the waiting list by the date and time the housing authority receives the application. Those who apply earlier will generally be placed higher on the waiting list.

Who has a Section 8 voucher already?

If you are considering applying for a voucher, you may be interested to know who already has a voucher, and what the households tend to look like. Fortunately, we can provide some helpful statistics using HUD's 2023 Picture of Subsidized Households. The following data describes the economic and demographic characteristics of renters who have a Section or project-based voucher issued by Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

How many renters have a Section 8 voucher with Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority?

At the start of 2024, Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority was managing 552 Section 8 vouchers. Of the total number of vouchers managed, there were 442 households with a voucher. This represents 80% of the total voucher allotment for Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

According to HUD, there is a total of 834 people living in households with a Section 8 voucher issued by Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, with the average number of people per household being 2.

How long did current Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 households wait for their voucher?

The 442 households with a Section 8 voucher at the start of 2024 waited on average 8 months to receive their voucher. Of those voucher-holding households, 57 got their voucher in the last year. This represents 13 percent of voucher holders with vouchers issued by Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Are there any Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 vouchers not issued to renters?

Though Section 8 voucher programs are over-subscribed across the nation with all programs having a waiting list, each month, each housing agency managing vouchers has vouchers that are not issued to renters. This can result from turnover in the program if someone with a voucher buys a home, sees an increase in their income, passes away, or otherwise discontinues the use of their voucher.

The time it takes to transfer voucher funding from one recipient to another can be many months. Managing the Section 8 waiting list, qualifying new voucher holders, and approving new homes or apartments takes time. In addition, in some areas, there is an extreme housing shortage or landlords may refuse to rent to persons using a Section 8 voucher to pay their rent. This results in longer than usual ramp-up times for new voucher holders.

The Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 HCV program that this waiting list covers had 80% of its vouchers utilized by households with 20% unutilized at the start of 2024. This means that 110 Section 8 vouchers out of a total of 552 were in processing at the time HUD reported the data.

How many Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 households have children?

Of the 442 Section 8 voucher-holding households with the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, 204 have at least one child. There are 17 two-parent households in the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority voucher program, and 188 single-parent households. There were 193 households with children with a female head of household.

How much do Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 households earn?

The average annual household income for Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 Voucher holders is $17,170 The average annual income per person is $8,461 The average voucher holder earns 22% of the local Area Median Income.

Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority voucher household annual income
Annual Income Range ($) Number of Households % of Vouchers
Less than $5,000 26 6%
$5,000 - $9,999 40 9%
$10,000 - $14,999 146 33%
$15,000 - $19,999 93 21%
$20,000+ 141 32%

What is the source of income for Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 households?

Of all voucher holders, 94 (17%) receive the majority of their income from wages and/or business. 39 (7%) voucher-holding households receive the majority of their income from welfare programs like TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance. 397 (72%) voucher-holding households derive the majority of their income from some other source (other than wage or welfare).

How much does a Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 voucher pay for tenants?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program pays 70% of the cost of rent plus utilities for any household receiving the housing assistance.

For the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 program, the federal government is providing, on average, $562 per month to each household, for an average annual cost of $6,744. The program as a whole is paying landlords $248,404 per month, for an annual economic benefit to landlords of $2,980,848

How much does the average Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 tenant pay per month in rent?

HUD refers to the portion of rent paid by the Section 8 tenant as the Total Tenant Payment, or Family Expenditure.

For the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 HCV programs, the average family expenditure is $438 per month or $5,256 per year. The combined payment from all tenants in the program is $193,596 per month, which is $2,323,152 per year.

What is the average rent of a Section 8 apartment or home in the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority program?

The average total rent paid to Section 8 landlords is $1,000 per month which includes payment contributed by both tenant households and the federal government. This is a program-wide rent average across all bedroom size rentals.

What is the average utility cost paid by Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 renters?

The average cost of utilities for renters in this program is $191 per month. It is important to note this is not the actual cost renters will pay for utilities, but an estimate based on the energy cost estimates of the program.

What size are most Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 homes?

Of the 552 households with a Section 8 voucher, 128 (29%) live in a studio or one-bedroom unit, 168 (38%) rent a 2-bedroom rental home and 146 (33%) have a 3-bedroom or larger rental. 33% of Housing Choice Voucher recipients are overhoused with more bedrooms than people in the household.

What is the race and ethnicity of Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 households?

23% of Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 HCV program households have a minority head of household who is Black, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander; or of Hispanic ethnicity.

Racial/ethnic makeup of Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 tenants
Race Number of Households % of Households
Asian/Pacific Islander 0 0%
Black Non-Hispanic 79 18%
Native American/Alaskan 9 2%
White Non-Hispanic 340 77%
Black Hispanic 0 0%
White Hispanic 4 1%
Other Hispanic 0 0%

What are the ages of tenant heads of households in the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Section 8 HCV program?

Age Range of Head of Household Number of Households % of Households
Under 24 4 1%
25-50/td> 212 48%
51-61 88 20%
62-84 119 27%
85 or Older 18 4%